CHAMPS! Women’s Soccer Captures 11th Ivy League Championship

Photo courtesy of Tim Hart
Photo courtesy of Tim Hart

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Capturing its 11th Ivy League title and fourth over the last six years, Harvard women's soccer bested Dartmouth, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium on Senior Day. Fittingly, senior co-captain Peyton Johnson recorded the game-winning goal for the Crimson.  

The Crimson (11-3-2, 6-0) remains unbeaten over the last 13 games, dating back to Sept. 11. The 13-match unbeaten streak matches the longest since 1999 (9/18-11/6, 13 games). Harvard punches its ticket to the NCAA Championship, its 13th appearance in program history. The Crimson will find out its fate when the NCAA selection show airs on Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m.

Seniors Kristina Garrido, Johnson, Elizabeth Weisman and Jessica Wright were honored before the game. It marks the second Ivy League championship for the senior class (2011).   

Freshman Midge Purce started the scoring in the 20th minute, driving down the middle of the field and beating two Dartmouth defenders. The rookie pulled up inside the box, rocketing a shot into the top right of the net for the 1-0 advantage. It marked Purce's 11th goal of the season.

Johnson added the insurance goal 15 minutes later. Purce flicked the ball over a defender on the run to Johnson. The Catonsville, Md., native one-touched the pass, driving the shot into the top left of the goal for her first score of the season.  

Dartmouth (7-6-3, 3-3) pulled within one with 25:45 to play, as Kelly Brait connected on a corner kick sent in by Corey Delaney.

Junior Cheta Emba and freshman Lizzie Durack split time in between the pipes, grabbing a combined four saves.  

Harvard will play a final league match at Columbia Saturday, Nov. 9. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.